Young Reader's Choice Award

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The Young Reader's Choice Award was inaugurated in 1940 by Harry Hartman, a well-known Seattle based bookseller. This makes it the oldest "children's choice" award in the U.S. and Canada and the only award chosen by children in two countries.[1] Initially a single award, in 1991 the award expanded to include both a Youth and Senior category.[2] In 2002, a third award category, Intermediate, was created.[3] The Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA) now offers three annual awards for books selected by schoolchildren in the Pacific Northwest. The PNLA homepage heading is "Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Washington", a list of the four U.S. states and two Canadian provinces where most of its members are located. It is the oldest regional association and the only binational one in the US and Canada.[4]

The three winners of 2018 awards were published during 2015.[5] The voting, open to "anyone in grades four through twelve in the Pacific Northwest who has read (or has heard read) at least one title from the list", is conducted by member libraries during March and April (school and public libraries, primarily the former).[6]

The nomination process was last revised in 2012.[7] Children, teachers, parents and librarians in Pacific Northwest may recommend books to their state, provincial representatives or to the YRCA Chair.[8] Nominations of 2017 publications are due in February 2018.[9] One nominee in each category must also include either a Canadian author or a title where the story primarily occurs in Canada.[10]

Recipients, 1940–1990[edit]

YRCA winners from 1940 to 1990[11]
Year Author Title
1940 Dell J. McCormick Paul Bunyan Swings His Axe
1941 Richard and Florence Atwater Mr. Popper's Penguins
1942 Laura Ingalls Wilder By the Shores of Silver Lake
1943 Eric Knight Lassie Come-Home
1944 Walter Farley The Black Stallion
1945 Marie McSwigan Snow Treasure
1946 Jack O'Brien The Return of Silver Chief
1947 Robert McCloskey Homer Price
1948 Walter Farley The Black Stallion Returns
1949 Shannon Garst Cowboy Boots
1950 Dr. Seuss McElligot's Pool
1951 Marguerite Henry King of the Wind
1952 Marguerite Henry Sea Star, Orphan of Chincoteague
No awards, 1953–1955
1956 Ellen MacGregor Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars
1957 Beverly Cleary Henry and Ribsy
1958 William Corbin Golden Mare
1959 Fred Gipson Old Yeller
1960 Beverly Cleary Henry and the Paper Route
1961 Jay Williams Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine
1962 Stewart Holbrook The Swamp Fox of the Revolution
1963 Jay Williams Danny Dunn on the Ocean Floor
1964 Sheila Burnford The Incredible Journey
1965 Richard Tregaskis John F. Kennedy and PT-109
1966 Sterling North Rascal
1967 Ian Fleming Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
1968 Beverly Cleary The Mouse and the Motorcycle
1969 Keith Robertson Henry Reed's Baby-Sitting Service
1970 William Corbin Smoke
1971 Beverly Cleary Ramona the Pest
1972 Donald J. Sobol Encyclopedia Brown Keeps the Peace
1973 No award
1974 Robert C. O'Brien Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
1975 Judy Blume Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
1976 John D. Fitzgerald The Great Brain Reforms
1977 Judy Blume Blubber
1978 John D. Fitzgerald The Great Brain Does It Again
1979 Mildred Taylor Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
1980 Beverly Cleary Ramona and Her Father
1981 Ellen Conford Hail, Hail Camp Timberwood
1982 Deborah and James Howe Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery
1983 Judy Blume Superfudge
1984 Lynne Reid Banks The Indian in the Cupboard
1985 Jamie Gilson Thirteen Ways to Sink a Sub
1986 Betty Ren Wright The Dollhouse Murders
1987 Robert Kimmel Smith The War with Grandpa
1988 Barthe DeClements Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You
1989 Mary Downing Hahn Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story
1990 Louis Sachar There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom

Recipients, 1991–2001[edit]

YRCA winners in two categories from 1991 to 2001[11]
Year Youth Senior
1991 Ann M. Martin Ten Kids, No Pets Jenny Davis Sex Education
1992 Bill Wallace Danger in Quicksand Swamp Peter Dickinson Eva
1993 Jerry Spinelli Maniac Magee Caroline B. Cooney The Face on the Milk Carton
1994 Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Shiloh Ann Rinaldi Wolf by the Ears
1995 Peg Kehret Terror at the Zoo Lois Duncan Who Killed My Daughter?
1996 Lois Lowry The Giver Phyllis Reynolds Naylor The Boys Start the War
1997 Caroline B. Cooney Driver's Ed Eve Bunting Nasty Stinky Sneakers
1998 Louis Sachar Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger Karen Cushman The Midwife's Apprentice
1999 Andrew Clements Frindle Eve Bunting SOS Titanic
2000 Dick King-Smith A Mouse Called Wolf Mel Glenn The Taking of Room 114
2001 Louis Sachar Holes William Sleator The Boxes

Recipients, 2002–present[edit]

YRCA winners in three grade-level categories (from 2002)[11]
Year Junior Intermediate Senior
2002 Christopher Paul Curtis Bud, Not Buddy Carolyn Meyer Mary, Bloody Mary William Sleator Rewind
2003 Kate DiCamillo Because of Winn-Dixie Gordon Korman No More Dead Dogs Joan Bauer Hope Was Here
2004 Joseph Bruchac Skeleton Man Eoin Colfer Artemis Fowl Ann Brashares The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
2005 Cornelia Funke The Thief Lord Gordon Korman Son of the Mob Nancy Farmer The House of the Scorpion
2006 Kate DiCamillo The Tale of Despereaux Christopher Paolini Eragon KL Going Fat Kid Rules the World
2007 Cornelia Funke Dragon Rider Eoin Colfer The Supernaturalist Terry Pratchett A Hat Full of Sky
2008 Ann M. Martin A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray Rick Riordan The Lightning Thief Jodi Lynn Anderson Peaches
2009 Kate DiCamillo The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane John Boyne The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Stephenie Meyer New Moon
2010 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid
(Diary, vol. 1)
Gordon Korman Schooled Cassandra Clare City of Bones
2011 Kazu Kibuishi Amulet: The Stonekeeper Shannon Hale Rapunzel's Revenge Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games
2012 Wendy Mass 11 Birthdays James Dashner The Maze Runner Maggie Stiefvater Shiver
2013 Rick Riordan The Lost Hero
(The Heroes of Olympus, vol. 1)
Raina Telgemeier Smile Han Nolan Crazy
2014[12] Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
(Diary, vol. 6)
Rick Riordan The Son of Neptune
(Heroes, vol. 2)
Veronica Roth Divergent
2015 R.J. Palacio Wonder Raina Telgemeier Drama John Green The Fault in Our Stars
2016.[13] Chris Grabenstein Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library Rick Yancey The 5th Wave Jennifer Smith This is What Happy Looks Like
2017.[14] Cece Bell El Deafo Holly Black and Cassandra Clare The Iron Trial Veronica Roth Four
2018.[15] Victoria Jameson Roller Girl Rick Riordan Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer Victoria Aveyard Red Queen
2019[16] Dav Pilkey Dog Man Rick Riordan The Hidden Oracle Kendare Blake Three Dark Crowns

Nominations, 2019[edit]

YRCA 2019 Nominations in the Junior Division.[17].[18]
Author Title
Dav Pilkey Dog Man
Kelly Barnhill The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Firoozeh Dumas It Ain't so Awful Falafel
Natalie Lloyd The Key to Extraordinary
John David Anderson Ms. Bixby's Last Day
Sara Pennypacker Pax
Peter Brown The Wild Robot
Marina Cohen The Inn Between
YRCA 2019 Nominations in the Intermediate Division.[19].[20].[21]
Author Title
Kwame Alexander Booked
Marissa Meyer Heartless
Rick Riordan The Hidden Oracle
Iian Lawrence The Skeleton Tree
Nicole Castroman Blackhearts
Lauren Oliver Replica
Alwyn Hamilton Rebel of the Sands
Wesley King OCDaniel
YRCA 2019 Nominations in the Senior Division.[22].[23].[24]
Author Title
Mindy McGinnis The Female of the Species
E.K. Johnston Exit, Pursued by a Bear
Shaun David Hutchinson We are the Ants
Ruta Sepetys Salt to the Sea
Kendare Blake Three Dark Crowns
Ranson Riggs Tales of the Peculiar
Ryan North The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe
Alexandra Bracken Passenger


  1. ^ Archives, University of Washington Library
  2. ^ Page 31, Washington Library Association Journal
  3. ^ [1] YRCA FAQ
  4. ^ "Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Washington" [homepage]. Pacific Northwest Library Association ( Retrieved 2014-04-29.
  6. ^ YRCA, Voting.[2]
  8. ^ YRCA Nominations, Nomination Guidelines
  9. ^ YRCA Nomination Guidelines, Guidelines
  10. ^ EPL YRCA Guidelines, EPL Guidelines for YRCA
  11. ^ a b c YRCA, Past Winners."Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-12. Retrieved 2016-11-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ YRCA, 2014 Nominees and Winners.[3]
  13. ^ EPL YRCA Page, 2016 Winners
  14. ^ EPL YRCA Page, 2017 Winners
  15. ^ 2018 Winners Announced by PLNA, 2018 Winners
  16. ^ "2019 YRCA Winners". Pacific Northwest Library Association. 2019-05-02. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  17. ^ 2019 YRCA Nominees announced by PLNA, 2019 Nominees
  18. ^ YRCA, 2019 Nominees
  19. ^ 2019 YRCA Nominees announced by PLNA, 2019 Nominees
  20. ^ YRCA, 2019 Nominees
  21. ^ YRCA, 2019 Nominees
  22. ^ 2019 YRCA Nominees announced by PLNA, 2019 Nominees
  23. ^ YRCA, 2019 Nominees
  24. ^ YRCA, 2019 Nominees
  • YRCA [Young Reader's Choice Awards]. Pacific Northwest Library Association ( Retrieved 2014-04-29.
  • YRCA [Young Reader's Choice Awards]. Pacific Northwest Library Association ( Retrieved 2018-05-18.

External links[edit]

  • National and State Awards at Washington Library Media Association – including Washington state's own Elementary (K–6) awards